Gingerbread Tree Applique Block


Here is the fourth and final applique from the December Applique Blocks Collection.  As always, the Gingerbread Tree Applique was designed to fit on a 6" x 6" block, but it can be reduced or enlarged to meet your needs. We hope you and your family can find many ways to use this collection, as for me, hopefully this week I will be making ornaments as a gift :) 


The December Applique Blocks can be found HERE.

The Pattern for the Gingerbread Tree can be found HERE

The tutorial on How to Enlarge and Reduce Patterns can be found HERE.

The tutorial on How to Cut Out Felt can be found HERE.

The Stitching Glossary can be found HERE.

Our Gallery of all our Appliques can be found HERE.

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Nutcracker 2014

We had a very busy but fun weekend. Fairy and Pixie both did a wonderful job in this year's production of The Nutcracker. It has been a wonderful, jolly sort of chaos the past few weeks and although the girls are sad to be done for the year, this backstage mama is very happy to enjoy a bit of quiet before the rest of the holiday festivities begin. I think today will involve lots of time spent in pajamas and maybe a Christmas movie or two.


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Simple Wooden Bead & Felt Christmas Garland


Over the last few years my holiday decor has strayed from the traditional Christmas green and red and has instead incorporated more and more rainbows. The rainbows make me happy, no matter what the season and this allows my "normal" decor to blend in seamlessly with the changing seasonal decor. I also feel like I can leave the holiday decor up longer without it being too Christamasy.

This year we have made this simple, wooden bead garland. Several years ago my children made a similar Felt Fall Leaves Garland (as you can see here) and I wanted something similar for the winter months.






Cut out 9 felt trees (click here for our How to Cut Out Felt tutorial). We used various shades of green. Poke a small hole in the top of the trees about 1/4-1/2" from all edges.


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Advent Nativity

No Advent celebration is complete without a Nativity. Here, wooden peg people are turned into simple Joseph, Mary and Jesus figures. Although this is really a craft for 10 year olds and up, even the wee people in your family can help by painting the bodies, squirting glue, and, of course, positioning them over and over again. 

The palm tree in the photo is from our Fontinini Nativity set. And, our gnomes are delighted to share one of their cradles for the Baby Jesus.

This is the activity for Week Four of our Advent Curriculum. The will find the outline for the unit HERE


2 large wooden pegs -  3-9/16" Tall x 1-1/8" Wide

1 small wooden peg - 1-11/16" Tall x 5/8" Wide


2 pieces of homespun cloth, each piece 4" x 6"

1 piece homespun cloth, 3" x 3"

wool roving


crafting glue


Cut 2 pieces of homespun cloth 4" x 6". Fray the edges by removing some strings. 

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Fuzzy Boa Scarf


A few years ago I wrote a post called The Song of a Scarf in which I showed how I spun, dyed, and knit a scarf from beginning to end. It included a pattern for a simple bias scarf. That Christmas, I made a variation of that scarf as Christmas gifts for my girls' dance teachers. Rather than using natural, homespun wool, I used super fun fur yarns held together with a basic worsted weight yarn. They turned out to be fun, silly, feather boa styled scarves.

Last week, our dance studio owner came to me asking for help. One of the young dancers was performing a solo in which she uses a feather boa as a prop but the teacher didn't want to use an actual feather boa since they shed feathers like crazy and are hard to quickly untie in the middle of a performance. She brought out one of the scarves that I had made for one of the other teachers (not realizing that I had been the one to make it in the first place). She told me that they had been using the fuzzy scarf for practice and...Read more